The unexpected island phenomenon that is Peat & Diesel struck again yesterday afternoon (Wednesday July 17th) with youngsters shut outside a venue which was too full for safety.

The island trio has been building a storm of support, especially amongst very young fans, with a mixture of rousing tunes and off-the-wall, very sing-able lyrics penned by guitarist and songwriter Calum ‘Boydie’ Macleod.

Senior Government officials have relayed concerns raised by Isles MP Angus MacNeil to the energy regulator Ofgem ahead of the final decision on the Western Isles interconnector.

Mr MacNeil is calling on Ofgem to do what is best for the environment, the consumer and the economy and approve the Needs Case for the construction of a 600MW link to the islands.

And Highlands and Islands MSP, Donald Cameron, has also written to the Chief Executive of Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, in a final push to encourage support for a 600Mw transmission link between Lewis and mainland Scotland.

It was shearing time for the Callanish alpacas yesterday (Tuesday July 16th) – and owner Clare Lewis made sure her herd had only the best when it came to shearers.

Specialist alpaca shearer James Dixon came off the lunchtime ferry and headed straight over to the West Side, eager to get the alpacas shorn before any chance of rain could stop him.